Vintage Weddings


Did you know the average cost of a wedding in Canada in 2012 was $22,500 according to the Financial Post (and that figure does not include the honeymoon)? To top that, according to an Ontario wedding planner in the same article, it is not uncommon for a bride and groom to spend between $50 and $60,000 on a wedding! Unbelievable.

It’s easy to see why vintage themed weddings are so popular – just type vintage wedding into any computer search engine – the results speak for themselves. Today’s brides are using all things old and vintage; incorporating the theme in wedding attire, décor, venue, flowers and everything in-between, saving money while creating a one-of-a-kind atmosphere for their special day.

Vintage weddings have the ability to span decades all the way from the Victorian era where roses, pearls, lace, faded chintz and corsets dominated fashion to 1920’s Gatsby themed celebrations where satin, feathers, headbands, pearl necklaces and the Charleston dance represent the era.


The 40’s and 50’s saw women with big skirts, big hair and oozing femininity with their red lips and elegant hats or chic veils with white gloves completing the look. Flower power and free love remind us of the 60’s with long, flowery dresses, free flowing hair, sandal clad or bare feet, wildflowers and the smell of incense heavy in the air.

There are so many ways to incorporate a vintage feel into today’s nuptials. Whether you wear your mother’s or grandmother’s wedding dress, or that perfect thrift store find, vintage clothing is where you can start the planning process for the perfect vintage-themed wedding. For the guys, I have seen young bridal parties embrace the theme, choosing snappy vests and news-boy type hats for the guys instead of the usual groom’s attire of a stiff-looking (and often uncomfortable) rented tuxedo.

The ideas are endless and only limited by your imagination when it comes to integrating vintage decor into your special day. The options for decorating range from miss-matched china and silverware, mason jars (for candles and flowers), glass cake-stands, metal watering cans, burlap sacks for table coverings, old lace tablecloths and linens, vintage stacked suitcases, bicycles, shabby doors and windows made into blackboards used to display seating arrangements. The artful use of heirloom china, vintage linens, and personal trinkets can add grace and personality while helping set the tone for your wedding.

The Royal Hotel in historic downtown Chilliwack offers an authentic vintage venue to host your wedding. With several meeting room options to accommodate up to 85 friends and family as well as 29 unique guest rooms, our 106 year old hotel property will add authenticity and a unique flair to ensure you and your guests an unforgettable vintage wedding experience.


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